AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (part of the AirAsia Group) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 may have been located. Indonesian searchers battled bad weather today in the Java Sea. The searchers are using sonar and may located the fuselage of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC possibly with the remaining passengers on board. Divers are trying to reach the possible wreckage but rough seas are hampering the attempts.
The debris found yesterday has been confirmed to be from the missing flight. Ten bodies has been recovered that were floating in the water. There were 162 passengers and crew members on the ill-fated flight.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters he hoped there was “at least some closure” for families according to CNN.
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AirAsia issued this statement yesterday:
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ 8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.
The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.
At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.
Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ 8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”
Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”
AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) taxies at Singapore before the accident.